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5th RDA Science Workshop January 2018 – Call for Interest

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    Kathrin Beck

    Dear RDA Europe colleagues,
    The RDA Europe project is involved in co-organising the series of RDA
    Europe Science Workshops together with a well-known research
    organisation. Now we are calling for proposals for hosting the RDA
    Europe Science Workshop 2018.
    The call is available online on
    as well as in this email, see text below.
    Best regards,
    Peter Wittenburg and Kathrin Beck
    RDA Europe Science Workshop is a concept of a two-day event, starting at
    noon and ending at noon of the following day. Most of the time is
    devoted to discussions, and participants are asked to present a short
    talk at the beginning of the meeting to bring views and topics for
    further discussions. The practical arrangements and the final list of
    invitees are made in collaboration between the host organisation and the
    RDA Europe project.
    In practice, the RDA Europe project covers the travel and accommodation
    costs of ca. 15-18 invitees and the local host takes care of all local
    costs (e.g. venue, lunch, coffees), including a dinner for the
    participating 25 persons (approx.) on the evening of the first day.
    *Background information*
    The first RDA Europe Science workshop was co-organised with the Max
    Planck Society in Munich 10-11 February 2014. The second one was
    co-organised with CERN in Geneva 8-9 April 2015, and the third one with
    CNRS in Paris 19-20 April 2016. The fifth RDA Europe Science workshop
    will be co-organised with STFC in London in 2017.
    The RDA Europe project is now initiating an open bidding process for the
    Science Workshop 2018 in order to find a host for the 2018 event. Please
    note that the event needs to take place in January 2018 at the latest as
    the project ends on 28^th February 2018. Costs occurring after that
    deadline cannot be reimbursed by the project.
    In the bid we expect suggestions for the following items:
    * The hosting organisation, which also sends the invitations, should
    have a high scientific credibility.
    * The organisation should support the idea of inviting leading
    scientists working with data from different disciplines and EU
    member states and bringing them together.
    * The organisation needs to set up a program committee together with
    the RDA Europe project. This ensures that a broad list of
    distinguished scientists is generated as candidates for
    participation. As RDA Europe leader of the “Research Engagement”
    task, Françoise Genova (organiser of the Science Workshop 2016)
    should be a member of the program committee.
    * The organisation needs to cover all local costs. Furthermore, it
    would be beneficial if the next Science Workshop takes place in a
    different country than the previous ones, in an easy-to-reach
    location. The meeting itself can only go from lunch to lunch to
    allow space for travel.
    *Application process*
    The proposals (maximum 3 pages) for hosting the 2018 Workshop should be
    submitted using the form on
    by 15 November 2016.
    In case of further details, please feel free to contact Ms. Françoise
    Genova (***@***.***) or Mr. Leif Laaksonen
    The evaluation of the proposals will be organised by the RDA Europe 3
    work package 2, and eventually the project Board of Directors will make
    the final decision. The decision is expected by end of December 2016 and
    it will be announced at the Science Workshop in London in 2017.
    In the evaluation, the following aspects are considered:
    * Science impact and liaison with science communities
    * Scientists from industrial environments and their engagement
    * National impact through the Science Workshop
    * Linkage to ICT researchers
    * Connection to the ESFRI RI and their involvement
    * Geographical balance
    * Benefits of proposal in general
    Link to previous Science Workshop events and recommendations

    Kathrin Beck
    Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF)
    Giessenbachstr. 2, D-85748 Garching, Germany
    Phone: +49-89-3299-1233
    Fax: +49-89-3299-1301
    Mail: ***@***.***
    Skype: kathrin-beck

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